'88 5000S Auto FS; Any Buyer Beware?
getur at optonline.net
Sat Aug 5 10:57:14 EDT 2006
On Saturday 05 August 2006 05:16, Doyt W. Echelberger wrote:
> Marginal/feeble stock headlights and overloaded switching circuits prone to
> heat failure.
> Multi-function switch on steering column fails about now....turn signals,
> headlights, etc.
> Headliner sag, sunroof seal leakage and failure.
> Electric window regulator failure, window switch failure, wiring cable
> breaks at door hinges, especially driver door.
> Door handle failure
> *Air conditioner/heat & ventilation control failure of many varieties,
> including blower motor replacement.
> Need to switch to R-134a, from Freon.
> Speedometer failure past 100k miles
> Hydraulic accumulator & hose failure
> *Steering rack seal failure and chronic leakage
> Steering pump failure
> Alternator failure
> Timing belt replacement every 60-90k miles
> Water pump and idler bearing replacement at same time
> Fuel pump failure
> *Corrosion and leakage of the brake and fuel lines, gas tank, fuel pressure
> and brake proportioning valve.
> Corrosion and lock-up of the brake calipers
> Swelling and blockage of the flexible hydraulic brake lines
> *Corrosion and failure of the ABS sensor system/CV joint cogs
> Microfracture of solder joints in the throttle switch
> *Failure of all the rubber components of the cooling system and engine
> vacuum system
> Idle stabilization valve fouling/failure
> Fuel Injector varnish/tip wear with eventual spray pattern failure and
> leakage Ignition wire electrical leakage
> Oxygen sensor deterioration/failure associated with starting and runn9ing
> Distributor cap contamination/misalignment/loose wires
> Snapping of the attachments of the hood release cable/failure to open hood
> *Age-related failure of engine timing/crank position sensors looking at
> flywheel pegs
> *Unexplained and mysterious shut down of engine and failure to start and
> restart hot
> *Complete replacement of entire exhaust system, especially in the salt
Wow, that list is almost an exact match for the work my son has put into our
old 87 5ktq over the past 5 years. You should add the radiator, coolant
overflow tank, cracked exhaust manifold, and shocks and struts.
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